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What is a syllepsis?



A syllepsis is the use of a single word in such a way that it is syntactically related to two or more words elsewhere in the sentence, but has a different meaning in relation to each of the other words.

Example (English)
  • There is a certain type of woman who’d rather press grapes than clothes.
  • Source:

    Advertisement cited by Corbett 1971 483

  • Generic
      A syllepsis is a kind of

    Corbett 1971 483


    Mish 1991 1195

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